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Edgy-Alt-Rock-Pop with hooks that drop your guard and clever lyrics that stimulate your consciousness.
While living in Los Angeles, Corey Bates spent his time writing songs late nights in his truck at the Santa Monica Mountains. "I felt like I needed to be completely secluded and let the inspiration flow, so I would sit in the cab of my truck with a flashlight, guitar and lyric pad and just write for hours" recalls Bates. He decided to return to his home state of NY and find the perfect band mates.
Even before playing their first show, music supervisors showed interest in the music Corey had written and his songs began to show up on HBO, Pay-Per-View and more. Also, the band has enjoyed a bit of "cult-status" as their song 'Alternate Lifestyle' was placed in Dane Cook's Tourgasm series and later on the soundtrack alongside rock heavy weights Wolfmother.
Cruelty Free is not about contriving a sound. There are vast influences that may seem to be polar-opposites of each other, such as Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Dead Can Dance, Failure, Weezer and Jeff Buckley.The music can be melancholy, deep, high-energy, sarcastic, and seem to originate from an altered state of consciousness. If there is a philosophy behind the sound, it is that the music should take many turns as did the music of Led Zepplin or The Beatles. The members of CF all have years-worth of experience playing, writing, recording and performing. One would think the tendency for such a group would be to use that experience and develop a "formula"...but that is not the case here. Part of what drives the band is choosing to let things happen organically rather than settling for the "flavor-of-the-month" sound. In an industry that is littered with songwriting clinics and music industry "how to" books, it is seemingly too easy to fall into the trap of choosing a sound. Simply put, Cruelty Free is a band that is constantly evolving outside of its boundaries of guitar-driven, alt pop.